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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Golf - Golf - Delta

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
Displacement: 11,000 Tons (full), Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Armament, 2 MK-26 SAM/ASW (68 Missiles), 2 x 5"/54RF, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 500.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 22 FEB 1975 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Reclassified CGN 40 on 30 June 1975
Launched 31 JUL 1976
Commissioned 05 AUG 1978
Decommissioned 27 AUG 1997
Stricken 27 AUG 1997
Fate: Disposed - Hulk recycled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 05 DEC 2006

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row- Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)- Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (8)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6) - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon (3)
Fourth Row - NATO Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

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276k Christening of Mississippi by Miss Janet Finch, daughter of Mississippi's governor. Dale Hargrave
482k Mississippi sliding down the ways. Dale Hargrave
324k Postcard of Mississippi's launching. Dale Hargrave
71k Commissioning invitation. Dale Hargrave
100k Commissioning admission ticket. Dale Hargrave
92k Visitors boarding the Mississippi after her Commissioning ceremony, 5 August 1978. Dale Hargrave
Mississippi 670k Commissioning Booklet, 5 August 1978. Robert M. Cieri
868k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
531k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
857k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
418k Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978 - 1980. Tommy Trampp
Mississippi 23k Starboard bow underway. USN
Mississippi 34k Starboard bow underway. USN
Mississippi 34k Port bow underway. Newport News Shipbuilding
Mississippi 75k Undated starboard bow view. Robert Hirsh
Mississippi 138k Undated port side photo of USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), and USS Texas (CGN 39) (bottom to top). Robert Hirsh
446k Undated Welcome Aboard pamphlet cover. Darryl Baker
Mississippi 335k Port bow view while underway in the Atlantic, August 1978. Robert M. Cieri
381k The winner of a contest to design a patch for the engineering department?  just prior to the ship's first med cruise.?  Winner received 1 month no duty days.?  Notice the vendor misspelled the word integrity.?  The drawing submitted was a far better representation of a VA class cruiser than seen on the patch. Marc Reckner
1.25m First Aid pamphlet circa 1980-1982. Marc Reckner

An aerial starboard bow view of six nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers underway in formation during exercise READEX 1-81. The ships are, from left to right: USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40), USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) and USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41). Photo taken 26 February 1981 by PH1 Anthony Alleyne.

DOD Photo #DN-SC-87-08333

Steve Dietrich

Six nuclear powered cruisers sailing together on 28 February 1981. The United States had operated nuclear powered cruisers for over three decades. USS Long Beach (CGN 9) entered service in 1961 while the final cruisers, the California class were decommissioned in 1999 (The Virginia class, the final class designed and built, were decommissioned in 1998). First row, front to back:

USS Virginia (CGN 38)
USS South Carolina (CGN 37)
USS California (CGN 36)

Second row, front to back:

USS Arkansas (CGN 41)
USS Mississippi (CGN 40)
USS Texas (CGN 39)

U.S. Navy
44k View from the 01 Level forward while transiting the Strait of Gibraltar, August 1981. The "Rock of Gibraltar" is visible on the Horizon. Three weapons systems are visible; MK26 Missile Launcher (right), MK45 5" Gun Mount (center), Harpoon Missile canisters (left). Marc Reckner
Mississippi 98k Aerial stern view of (left to right) the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS Mississippi (CGN 40) and USS Texas (CGN 39), and the guided missile cruiser USS Biddle (CG 34), underway in the Mediterranean Sea, August 1981.

On 19 August 1981 two F-14A Tomcats from VF-41 "Black Aces," based on Nimitz, used Sidewinder missiles to shoot down two Libyan, Soviet-built SU-22 Fitters over the Gulf of Sidra, after one of the Libyan jets fired an Atoll heat-seeking missile. This incident marked the first Navy air combat confrontation since the Vietnam War and the first ever for the F-14A Tomcat.

US Navy photo #DNSC8501964 by PH3 Cruz

Defense Visual Information Center

16 July 1984 - An aerial port bow view of the Virginia class nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN 40) underway.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-85-01543 by: PH1 (AC) Darrel E. Erickson.

Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi 443k Port quarter view while leaving Norfolk, VA, 16 July 1984. Robert M. Cieri

Aerial starboard bow view of the Virginia class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN 40) underway, 16 July 1984

National Archives photo #330-CFD-DN-SN-85-01552

Buddy Stewart
Mississippi 428k Port quarter view while operating off the Virginia Capes, 2 August 1988. Robert M. Cieri
199k Anchored in Naples, Italy, 15 October 1989. Carlo Martinelli
609k USS Mississippi (CGN 40) returning from a 6 month Mediterranean cruise in 1989. Though designated a cruiser at launch, she was laid down as a Destroyer Leader, then termed a frigate. She was one of 4 Virginia class ships, and the ship from which my dad retired. He was on board when this picture was taken, and the ship was supposed to go into drydock, but was recalled for Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. Yu Chu

Suez Canal, 15 September 1990 - A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40) underway in the Suez Canal. The ship is heading for the Red Sea to support Operation Desert Shield.

U.S. Navy Photo #DN-ST-91-01493 taken by PH3 Falkenhainer.

Bill Gonyo
Mississippi 446k Welcome Aboard Booklet, circa 1991. Robert M. Cieri

29 January 1991 - A BGM-109 Tomahawk Land-Attack Missile (TLAM) is launched toward a target in Iraq from the port side Mark 143 Armored Box Launcher (ABL) on the stern of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN 40) during Operation Desert Storm.

U.S. Navy Photo #DN-SC-91-04390 taken by MMCS Henderlite.

Bill Gonyo

Task Force 155 in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm, 9 February 1991. The ships are:
Left, Top to Bottom: USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Saratoga (CV 60), USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51).
Center, Top to Bottom: USS America (CV 66), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).
Right, Top to Bottom: USS Preble (DDG 46), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Normandy (CG 60), and USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44).

Bob Haner

Task Force 155 in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Storm, 9 February 1991 (later in the day from the previous photo - Starboard Side). The ships are:
Left, Top to Bottom: USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), USS Saratoga (CV 60), USS San Jacinto (CG 56).
Center, Top to Bottom: USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), USS America (CV 66).
Right, Top to Bottom: USS William V. Pratt (DDG 44), USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and USS Preble (DDG 46).

1m Bow view of USS Mississippi (CGN 40) (right) and stern view of USS South Carolina (CGN 37) (left) while moored at Norfolk Naval Station, 1994. Floating Crane YD 257 is to the right of Mississippi and the barge between them has her bow anchor resting on it. Cody Shaffer
Mississippi 260K Welcome Aboard Booklet, circa 1995. Robert M. Cieri
114k USS Mississippi (CGN 40) berthed at Naval Station Pascagoula, Mississippi in February 1996. Pictured outboard of the "Ole Miss" is the guided missile Frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32). Taken by Doug Bremenkamp of Gulfport, MS.
Robert M. Cieri
123k USS Mississippi (CGN 40) berthed at Naval Station Pascagoula, Mississippi in February 1996. Pictured outboard of the "Ole Miss" is the guided missile Frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG 32). Taken by Doug Bremenkamp of Gulfport, MS.
Robert M. Cieri
Mississippi 50k Firing forward 5 inch gun, Spring 1996. Adam Robison
Mississippi 486k Deactivation Booklet, 6 September 1996. Robert M. Cieri

South Carolina (CGN 37) and Mississippi's hull being scrapped at Puget Sound Navy Shipyard on May 2003.

Courtesy : John C. Driscoll

Yu Chu
55k Mississippi's SM-2 Missile Launcher now located at Homeport Naval Station Pensacola, Florida Yu Chu
59k Mississippi's main mast is mounted at the site of Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the Oceans Springs, Mississippi. Yu Chu
27k Ship's lighter. Yu Chu

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Hekman Jr., Peter Maynard, CAPT   VADM 08/05/78 - 07/02/80
Taylor, Raynor Andrew Kent, CAPT   RADM 07/02/80 - 07/22/83
Olson, Phillip Roger, CAPT   RADM 07/22/83 - 10/03/86
Bordy, Michael William, CAPT 1965 RADM 10/08/86 - 06/30/89
Pollard, Don P., CAPT     06/30/89 - 08/01/92
Laz, Jr., William Joseph, CAPT 1969   08/01/92 - 05/21/95
Lewandowski, Lawrence Anthony, CAPT 1972   05/21/95 - 07/31/97

(Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves)

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Jay Martin
Address: 152 S Chestnut St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: (717) 275-0757

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources
USS Mississippi (CGN-40) Website
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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